Landon Weatherford couldn’t let Dallas Williamson have all the fun.
White Pine’s dynamic backfield duo had yet another pleasant surprise for their head coach, combining to rush for 373 yards to help lead the Cyclones past West View 28-16 at Burke-Toney Stadium on Tuesday night.
Weatherford and Williamson received about as close to an equal share of the workload as possible. On 15 carries, Weatherford ran for 189 yards and 3 touchdowns while Williamson followed the previous week’s 210-yard effort with 184 yards on 16 carries with a TD.
“They carried the load for sure,” White Pine coach Rodney Morelock said. “They’re worn out but Dallas has been a gamer all year and Landon has too.”
Williamson quickly earned his reward for helping the Cyclones (4-0 Middle Eight) recover from a holding penalty with his 29-yard burst. Two plays later, Williamson was in the end zone as he gashed the defense for a 24-yard TD.
Loten Potts then found Griffin Townsend for the conversion and a 14-0 lead, the first of two times Potts and Townsend hooked up on a 2-pointer.
The second time came after White Pine had scored its final touchdown for a 28-0 lead just three plays into the fourth quarter.
After Williamson converted a fourth-and-4 with a 25-yard gain, Weatherford finished the job and completed the hat trick by sweeping around the left side for a 17-yard touchdown.
“The line did really good. We just told them we were going to try and stay on the ground and do what we could,” Morelock said.
Immediately following Williamson’s score, Landon Lacy’s onside kick bounced off a West View player with Ashton Collins recovering to give the Cyclones another possession.
It took just three plays for Weatherford to make it 20-0, running for 22 before following Williamson’s 12-yard gain by dashing 20 yards to pay dirt with 4:57 in the third quarter.
White Pine, which held a 369-134 advantage over the Indians (1-3) on the ground, also picked up 19 first downs compared to West View’s 4.
The Cyclones defense played a hand in that too as LC McMahan, Destin Adams, Williamson and Townsend all had 1 tackle behind the line of scrimmage. At one point, White Pine had gained 233 yards on offense while limiting the Indians to minus-9 before West View found an offensive spark late.
“We’re short on skill position players this year, but we’re loaded on linemen. There’s a few of them playing out of position and playing more minutes,” Morelock said. “They just buckled down and did what they needed to do.”
Landon Howard gave West View life with his 42-yard burst up the middle down to the White Pine 12, but Williamson knocked the ball loose three plays later with Adams recovering to end the threat.
Still, West View fought as Kaleb Miller darted up the middle 36 yards to the house on fourth down. Cayden Cribley recovered a fumble in the end zone for the 2-point conversion.
Three plays after recovering a White Pine fumble, the Indians were in business again as Miller found Lucas Eddington on a 26-yard halfback pass.
On third-and-21, Jack Bivens found a crease on the left side and took off for a 56-yard touchdown with 1:43 remaining. John Michael Rosen ran in the 2-point conversion for the final count.
“Jack, we knew he had speed. He just needed to get some confidence and I think he did that tonight because he got the edge and never looked back,” West View coach Tyler Ray said. “Kaleb is one of those consistent leaders. When we need a boost, he’s there. There’s other guys, but Kaleb is one for sure that I can turn to.”
Howard carried the ball 5 times for 45 yards with Miller gaining 42 on 3 attempts.
Isaiah Hayes helped ensure White Pine’s passing game couldn’t burn the Indians, making his way into the backfield for 3 sacks and finishing with a game-high 7 1/2 tackles.
Eli Morrison recorded a sack for West View with Andrew Cook recording 2 stops for a loss, and Luke McClellan averaged 30.3 yards on 3 punts.
“I told the kids if we’d had that same fight halfway through the third that we had in the fourth, it’s whole different ball game,” Ray said. “We know we’ve got the heart, but we just have to keep it every play.”
West View plays the remainder of its season at Burke-Toney Stadium, next week facing Meadowview at 5:30 p.m. while White Pine returns home to host undefeated Maury at 6 p.m.